Naomi Osaka, who became the first Japanese player to clinch a Grand Slam singles title on Saturday, but also Haitian from her father side a phrase she constantly reminds the public any time doing an interview. Proud of her performance the Haitian Community Celebrates Osaka’s First Grand Slam Victory in Haiti, New York, Paris, Montreal, Santiago Chile, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Miami where she is living actually.
The 20-year-old, who was born in Japan but raised in the United States, between an almost three culture Japanese, Haitian and American beat her childhood idol 6-2 6-4 on Saturday in a final marred by Williams’s outburst after she was handed a code violation for on-court coaching.was a picture of calm in the midst of her opponent’s meltdown that cast a pall over the final.
In Haiti, all her performance the US-Open 2018 was religiously watching on television with the same effect of a soccer world cup, people took a day off from the job to do not miss the final, after her victory against the world famous mater champion Serena Williams that is also a popular and well-respected athlete in Haiti people was screaming joyfully to celebrate the highest ranking female tennis player from Haitian roots in history.
The most curious thing we have noticed in Brooklyn New York, in East Orange New Jersey All Haitian businesses, especially in restaurant and sport bar people show-up with Haitian and Japanese flag where t-shirt with Naomi Osaka and Mari Osaka the other sister in the Osaka Family that also the Haitian community expect also very soon will step-up on podium with a major trophy as well.
Osaka left Japan when she was three and was raised in New York and Florida. She holds both Japanese and American citizenship and addresses fans on camera in broken Japanese which has helped win over the public in Japan she mention religiously her half Haitian identity talking about her father Leonard Farnçois who teach both sisters how player tennis but also she always about her grandmother from her dad side by saying I grow in a Haitian family also.
While Japan is becoming more ethnically diverse one of 50 births is to biracial couples these days there is still plenty of prejudice against “haafu,” or half-Japanese, including cases of bullying mixed race children because they look different or have different names.
Public attitudes are slowly changing as Japanese society becomes more integrated with the global economy, and the emergence of more ethnically mixed celebrities, especially in sports, is helping.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Mashu Baker won a gold medal in judo and Cambridge anchored the silver medal-winning 4×100 meters relay team.
“Japanese are getting more accustomed to people from other cultures,” said Hirotaka Matsuoka, a professor of sports marketing at Waseda University in Tokyo.
“If an athlete isn’t half-hearted and really makes it clear they are representing Japan, then the public will support them.”
In the order side from the Haitian culture where the biracial citizen is always welcome because of the history of this country roots from different ethnicity as Amerindians, French, Spanish, German, Arabic, Asian and African descendants who are majority represent 80 % of the population.
Naomi Osaka has followed by the Haitian media with scrutiny since the last seven years, in her first Grand Slam victory is not only confirmation for her to show the world she is Champion and her sacrifice for this sport has paid off, but it’s also a mean for Japan the first athlete male and female ever win a Grand Slam in the history of Japan she has celebrated they as heroes.
In Haitian and all the Haitian diaspora all over the world she represents everything an idol, a champion, a breakthrough in the sport’s history, the first woman athlete with Haitian roots, she also a model for youngsters especially the girls who since appreciating her simplicity, her honesty and how humble she is.
In the end, the American media and the American Public as tendency presented her as a Haitian American Japanese champion, it seems 3 part of the world Caribbean, American and Asian culture who wants a piece of Naomi Osaka they all want her a part of their nation, but the reality she compete under the Japanese Flag as a Japanese and cheering her Haitian Identity in her heart and proud of it, also any young Amerian salute her base New-York in Maimi.
Never an athlete has been so appreciating for her biracial and multicultural identity and her ability to show her love and appreciation for all of her social and cultural roots because she is an athlete, a young woman a Champion and a lovely person.
The Osaka’s sister’s Naomi and Mari stepping in shoes of the William’s sister’s family to become the new legends in tennis with a little more because they represent a story of love and cultural diversity beyond any cliché limitation they are limitless and we can wait for more surprise from Naomi and Mari Osaka in the future.